A Victoria's Secret model gave an honest insight into how she tackles the 'stresses' of eating out while on a strict diet

Bridget Jones Getty/Dimitrios KambourisAustralian-born model Bridget Malcolm, 25, will walk in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai in December.
  • 25-year-old Bridget Malcolm will walk in this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai.
  • In preparation, she is following a strict diet regime.
  • In a blog post she revealed some surpising tips on how to tackle dining out while on a diet.

In the leadup to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in December, Australian-born VS model Bridget Malcolm has revealed her top tips on how to eat out while sticking to a strict diet — and some of them are pretty surprising.

The 25-year-old wrote a post entitled “Smart ordering when at a restaurant” on her blog, which gives an honest, if not slightly worrying, insight into how seriously some models take their eating habits.

That said, some might come in handy the next time you’re trying not to overindulge while dining out.

“Eating out can be tough when you are trying to make the right choices,” Malcolm said. “It is infinitely harder when you have no say in the venue — however not impossible.”

She added that it all comes down to “creativity and attitude.”

These are her best pieces of advice:

1. Snack before.

Before you even get to the restaurant, have a snack. She said: “Don’t stuff yourself but try having some water, nuts or fruit so you aren’t ravenous. This will help you to resist the bread basket, and to make sure your willpower is strong.”

2. Research the menu.

“That way I am not blind-sided and overwhelmed once I arrive, and it eliminates any decision fatigue/anxiety.”

3. Take the waiter aside.

If you have some particularly picky dietary requirements, Malcom advised approaching the waiter away from the table and other people upon arrival (if the venue permits). This is best done while smiling, and being polite about — and apologising for — your tricky order.

4. Load up on veg.

“If there is nothing on the menu that works for my dietary habits, I just ask them to do me a plate of grilled vegetables. I pair this with a salad and I am usually very happy with this.”

5. Avoid fried or sautéed dishes.

“Opt for grilled, steamed, broiled, boiled, roasted, baked or poached over fried or sautéed,” she said. “Avoid anything breaded.”

6. Engage in conversation.

“Make sure to not be completely focused on what you are eating. You are there with company, so enjoy it and make the most of it.”

7. Eat mindfully.

Malcolm explains it’s all about balance — if you want dessert, pick a lighter main, or vice versa. “Really be present for the delicious flavours, and eat mindfully. This is a treat, so enjoy it!”

She added: “The days of ordering side salads while eyeing the breadbasket are over.”

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